Response to FTC report on grocery supply chain disruptions during COVID-19

Date: 21 Mar 2024 | posted in: Press Release, Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail


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“We hope that this study will be followed in short order by renewed enforcement of the Robinson-Patman Act,” Stacy Mitchell says in response to FTC findings on grocery supply chain disruptions.


WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 21, 2024) – Stacy Mitchell, co-executive director at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR), made the following statement in response to the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) report on grocery supply chain disruptions during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The FTC’s findings provide more evidence of how large retailers exploit their power over suppliers to harm smaller grocers, eliminate competition, and drive up prices. When Walmart can flex its muscle over grocery manufacturers to commandeer scarce supplies and secure unwarranted discounts, communities served by independent grocers are left with empty shelves and higher prices — or worse, no grocery store at all. We hope that this study will be followed in short order by renewed enforcement of the Robinson-Patman Act and other action to level the playing field for small grocers and food companies.”


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Stacy Mitchell is co-director of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and directs its Independent Business Initiative, which produces research and designs policy to counter concentrated corporate power and strengthen local economies.

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As Communications Director at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, Reggie develops communications strategies and leads campaigns to build public support for ILSR local power initiatives. Contact Reggie with media inquiries.